Posted by MRK on 11th May 2015

Causes Of Blockage In Fallopian Tubes: Symptoms And Treatment

Fallopian tubes are a pair of thin tubes which connect the ovary with the uterus and conduct mature eggs to the uterus. Blockage on fallopian tube is a condition in which a blockage hinders the traveling of the eggs down the tube. This blockage can occur to either of the tubes or both the tubes. Blockage in fallopian tube causes infertility in almost 40 percent of the infertile women.

Obstruction in fallopian tube does not rule out chances of pregnancy. If one tube is blocked while the other is clear, it is still possible to conceive.

However, much depends on the functioning of the ovaries and the nature of the obstruction occurred to the blocked tube.

Symptoms Of Fallopian Tube Blockage

Blockage in fallopian tube very rarely shows any symptoms. Since there is hardly any noticeable symptom of the disease, only a qualified medical expert can determine whether a patient is afflicted with the condition after conducting a range of medical tests.

A more specific type of fallopian tube obstruction known as hydrosalpinx shows symptoms such as pain in lower abdomen and strange vaginal discharge. But these symptoms may not be found in every women suffering from hydrosalpinx.

The affliction may also manifest itself with some indirect symptoms. For instance, a blocked fallopian tube may at times induce painful intercourse and painful menstruation. These conditions may drop slight hints but they should not be taken as assured symptoms of blockage in fallopian tube.

What Causes Blocked Fallopian Tubes?

Blockage in fallopian tube is mostly caused by pelvic inflammatory disease which usually stems from STDs or sexually transmitting diseases. But all pelvic infections may not be triggered by STDs. A patient afflicted with fallopian tube blockage may not have pelvic infections simultaneously. But a previous history of such infections multiplies the risk of getting blocked fallopian tube disease.

Certain other possible causes of fallopian tubes blockage include history of urine infection due to miscarriage or abortion, history of gonorrhea or Chlamydia, previous ruptured appendix and history of fallopian tube surgery. A woman who has experienced ectopic pregnancy may also face blocked fallopian tube problem.

Treatment For Blockage In Fallopian Tubes

Doctors usually suggest the option of laparoscopic surgery to remove the blockage. Laparoscopic surgery opens the blockage in the tubes or removes the scar tissues responsible for the blockage. If the surgery is done on a patient who is close to 40s, success may elude. Other factors such as the exact location and the real cause of the blockage may also impact the success of the surgery.

Surgery is not your option if you have fallopian tube blockage with multiple adhesions between your ovaries and tubes. Doctors also rule out surgery in case the patient is diagnosed with hydrosalpinx. In these conditions, IVF (in vitro fertilization) is the best way to achieve pregnancy.

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